Friday, April 20, 2012

Be More Aware of Daily Sugar Consumption

A relatively easy nutrition tip that you can start adding to your fitness routine is to monitor your daily sugar consumption. Sugar can come in two forms - natural and added. Natural sugar like fructose can be found in fruits and there is of course sugar in the milk you drink. What I'm talking about is keeping a watchful eye on added sugar that is found in just about everything else that you are consuming on a daily basis. You may not even be aware of some of these added sugars because they may be listed (hidden) under high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose etc. A simple rule that you can begin to follow is to keep your daily amount of added sugar under 100 calories a day if you're a women and 150 calories if you're a male. Simply keep an eye on the grams of sugar by reading ALL food/drink labels. *Warning* - you may be shocked to see how much sugar is in the food you're eating and the soda and fruit drinks your drinking! For women, that 100 calories comes out to be about 25 grams/sugar/day and for the men it's about 38 grams/sugar/day. Carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram.

By cutting out soda and fruit drinks alone you will significantly cut down on both your sugar consumption and daily calories. The average person is drinking about 450 calories a day! If you read the side of a food or drink label and you see a long list of ingredients (along with various forms of hidden sugar) ...simply stay away from it...and don't be surprised if you lose a few pounds or a half-inch around your waist like I have.


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